Front Table Picks
Chronicle Books’ Moon Playing Cards (ISBN 9781452176840) is a perfect addition for your 50th anniversary of the moonwalk display. This great $12.99 package features playing cards adorned with gorgeous images courtesy of NASA’s archives. Learn more at the Chronicle website.
Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene and Stress Free Life (ISBN 9781328585035) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt advises you to make “lightly” your mantra, a word to live by. The book goes way beyond decluttering–to uplift thoughts and actions. Lighten your stuff, your step, your stress, your spirit. It’s a great recipe for minimalization, a complete philosophy of life.
Learn more at the HMH website.
And from Gibbs Smith, there is The Illustrated Field Guide to Vintage Trailers (ISBN 9781423648888). I am an unabashed fan of all things trailer and RV, especially on the vintage end. This is a complete guide to those vintage trailers and it’s filled with hundreds of high quality photographs and detailed illustrations. It’s a deeply researched one stop identification reference. A-Z entries include logos, key models, historical information and more. There is also a glossary and a map of manufacturers. The book is a must for lovers of vintage trailers everywhere. Learn more at the Gibbs Smith website.
Abrams has a drop-in that is both an introduction to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and a collector’s piece for fans of the series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Best Friends Box (ISBN 9781419745744) is a boxed set containing the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the recently published Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal. See more about it on the Abrams website.
In really big news, Chronicle Books has signed an agreement to distribute Levine Querido, the brand new children’s publisher founded by Arthur Levine. Levine was the long time editor at Scholastic Books and was most notable JK Rowling’s editor on the Harry Potter series. The publisher lists will include picture books, poetry, graphic novels, novels and non fiction and will feature diversity in every way. Very exciting for Chronicle! Read a press release about the new publisher here.
There is a lot of advance buzz for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Dog is Love (ISBN 9781328543967) by animal behaviorist Clive DL Wynne, due September 24th. It’s getting great blurbs and got a great review in the July 1st issue of Booklist. Should be a forthcoming Front Table Pick! See more about it at the HMH website.
Fall Sneak Peek
A major publishing event from Candlewick Press will happen on September 24th when Beverly Right Here (ISBN 9780763694647) is released. Revisiting the world of Raymie Nightingale, this one focuses on Raymie’s tough talking, tender hearted friend Beverly. Learn more at the Candlewick website.
Last weekend I walked the floor at the American Library Association Conference and Trade Show. Our publishers proudly represented their books in their respective booths (some shown here) and Quarto and Barefoot each were part of the Book Buzz Theater, a place for publishers to entertain and inform attendees. It was a great show and it was nice to see some old friends and some of our authors.
Forthcoming posts will concentrate on Fall sneak peeks–we have so many great titles coming your way! Happy summer!
Scenes from ALA